It didn't take long before Bam Adebayo made a name for himself around the Association. He outplayed Hassan Whiteside as the Miami Heat's closer, forcing them to move Hassan to make room for Bam as the starter for the foreseeable future.
Adebayo hasn't missed a bit ever since. His work with Team USA last summer really paid off and he's having a career year all across the stat sheet, establishing himself as one of the most promising big men in the league.
Therefore, everybody expected the Heat to extend his contract right away but now, ESPN's Brian Windhorst claims the team may have to wait a little longer as they'll look to save money for the 2020-21 summer.
It's not a secret that the Miami Heat wants to add another superstar to their already impressive core and they reportedly have their eyes set on Giannis Antetokoumnpo.
Adebayo's deal will run through the 2020-21 season and he's eligible for a qualifying offer so they must act fast if they don't want his value to go way up as he continues to develop into a standout two-way big man.
Thus far, Bam is averaging 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game on 56.7% shooting and continues to improve as both a finisher and a playmaker. He's just 23 years old and clearly has a bright future ahead of him.
However, Pat Riley has never been the one who doubts or hesitate to make a tough call to put his team in a position to contend, and we know he's going to do whatever it takes to bring another top-tier caliber to South Beach. It's just a matter of who and when.